Bed bugs are one of the most common- and one of the most feared- pests in North Carolina, and here in Charlotte we’re not immune.
What Bed Bugs Look Like
Adult bed bugs are oval-shaped, wingless insects that are brown in color and in adulthood measure between 4mm-5mm in length. Nymphs (baby) bed bugs are much smaller, and can be difficult to see with the naked eye. Here’s a close-up look at an adult bed bug:
Where Bed Bugs Come From
Bed bugs are very good at travelling, and usually they latch onto something with a fabric surface to get around. This can be anything from luggage, purses and backpacks to used furniture. Bed bugs are also able to travel between rooms in places like apartment complexes, hotels, and multi-unit buildings. This means that bed bugs can make their way into almost any home after something as common as a family vacation or the purchase of some used furniture online.
Checking for Bed Bugs
So how can you check for bed bugs if you think that you might have an infestation?
- Look for rust-colored or red-colored stains on sheets and mattresses: these can be caused by bed bugs being crushed in your sleep.
- Small dark spots on fabrics, which can be bed bug excrement.
- 1mm eggs and/or eggshells scattered around the home or around bedding.
- Actual live bed bugs.
Where Bed Bugs Hide
Bed bugs hide in a number of unusual places. If you think you might have a bed bug infestation, you’ll want to check:
- The edges of electrical outlets.
- The seams of chairs & couches.
- Between cushions.
- In the folds of curtains.
- Spaces where walls and ceilings meet.
- On and under box springs.
- Any other small crack around the home.
What to Do if You Have Bed Bugs
If you have bed bugs, you are sure to find plenty of DIY solutions online that will tell you that you can get rid of bed bugs all on your own. But the truth is, bed bugs are a persistent pest, and many DIY solutions will ultimately not solve your bed bug problem in the long-term. To really take care of bed bugs for good, it’s best to contact the professionals
City Wide Exterminating Bed Bug Treatment
Charlotte, NC is one of the top cities in the United States for bed bug infestations. City Wide Exterminating is leading the way in affordable exterminating and treatment. How? We make it hot. Really hot.
Bed bug heat treatments essentially turn your home into one large oven. Before treatment starts, homeowners are required to remove any special or delicate belongings, and during treatment, homeowners and pets need to leave the home. Heating units are placed throughout your home by one of our specialists, and then we turn up the heat. We’re so confident in our service that our whole-home heat treatments are backed by a 30-day guarantee!